The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.
Anyone who understands the current state of the Republican Party knows that a Cheney 2024 run ends with her being denied entry to debates, probably being expelled from the party, and likely becoming a spoiler who sucks votes away from Joe Biden. Need I point out that Liz got walloped by a clown last night? The only thing Republicans want from Liz and her dad is for them to go away, and Democrats should be concerned about her potential as a spoiler.
Setting aside her rather premature comparison to Lincoln, the Cheney problem isn’t really Liz. Rather, it’s the incredibly thirsty DC press that is chasing two windmills: the first is the notion that there’s a core of the Republican Party that’s upset with the current direction of the party, and the second is the view that a savior will rise from within the party to get it to tone down the racism and treason. The DC press wants the old Cheney Republican Party, with sensible policies like never-ending war, no social safety net, and forced birth after a reasonable interval of 6 weeks after conception.
Unlike the status quo aficionados in the press, the current Republican Party realizes that the only way they’re going to win is by openly and, if necessary, violently, stealing elections. They also want to energize a group of gravy seal incel commandos who will shoot at FBI agents, do violence to the minority and LGBTQ communities and generally promote an agenda of the stupidest among us via stochastic terrorism and gun fetishism. They are the dumb and mean party, a group that enjoys wallowing in their stupidity and forcing it upon the rest of us. The only thing these numbskulls understand is winning and losing, so they need to lose long and hard in order to change their ways. They certainly can’t be rescued by someone who needs help from Democrats to eke out 28% of the vote in a primary.
Edited to add: I see that Paul Campos at LGM thinks that a Cheney 2024 third-party Presidential run would siphon votes away from voters who would otherwise support Trump. I don’t agree. I think she’d give wobbly Republicans who might otherwise hold their nose and vote for Biden a place to stash their vote.